Women's lacrosse rallies to edge No. 14 Bowdoin for 1st win

#9 Olivia Seymour '22 and #25 Charlotte Wynn '20 celebrate a goal in Hamilton's 14-13 win against No. 14 Bowdoin on Saturday at Steuben Field (Josh McKee photo).
#9 Olivia Seymour '22 and #25 Charlotte Wynn '20 celebrate a goal in Hamilton's 14-13 win against No. 14 Bowdoin on Saturday at Steuben Field (Josh McKee photo).

The Hamilton College Continentals scored five straight goals late in the second half and posted a 14-13 come-from-behind win against the nationally ranked No. 14 Bowdoin College Polar Bears in NESCAC action at Hamilton's Steuben Field on a chilly and blustery Saturday afternoon.

The Continentals (1-2, 1-2 NESCAC) were playing their third ranked conference foe in as many games so far this season. Bowdoin (1-3, 1-2) dropped its third straight contest.

Hamilton's Kara Pooley '19 enjoyed a huge game with three goals, an assist, six ground balls, five draw controls and five caused turnovers. Pooley also notched her 100th career point with a goal late in the second half and currently has 101.

Charlotte Wynn '20 scored three goals and Tessa Ryan '21, Olivia Seymour '22 and Honor Gabriel '21 tallied two each for the Continentals. Seymour caused three turnovers and Ryan scooped up five ground balls. Hannah Burrall '19 made 11 saves and picked up five ground balls.

Katie Miller led the Polar Bears' offense with six goals and added an assist. Fiona Bundy chipped in two goals and two assists, and Kara Finnerty added two goals, an assist and seven draw controls. Eliza Denious contributed a goal, an assist and three caused turnovers. Morgan Pinado won eight draws and collected four ground balls, and Sophia Lubrano registered four ground balls. Erin Morrissey turned away 13 shots.

Miller gave Bowdoin a 12-9 lead with 14:57 left after Lubrano passed from just outside the fan on the right side to Miller, who was cutting from left to right, and she squeezed off a shot from five yards out as she was falling to the turf.

Hamilton proceeded to score the next five goals as they held the Polar Bears off the scoreboard for more than 13 minutes. Pooley started the run with 12:40 remaining when she received a pass just outside the Continentals' offensive attack area, drove down the right side of the fan and skipped a shot past Morrissey.

Gabriel pulled Hamilton within a goal with 10:49 to go. She took the ball on a restart in the corner after a shot sailed wide of the goal, sprinted into the fan from Morrissey's right, and scored on a high shot from point-blank range.

Courtney Pierre '21 tied the score for the first time since it was 2-2 with 20:00 left in the first half. Sophie Cote '21 completed a successful clear but slipped and the ball fell out as she was looking for an offensive player to pass to, and Pierre was there to pick it up. Pierre dashed towards the goal and unleashed a hard sidearm shot from just inside the fan on the right side with 7:39 left.

Wynn put the Continentals back in the lead for the first time since Ryan made it 2-1 early in the first half. She received the ball from Pooley at the top of the attack area, juked a defender, cut towards the middle of the fan, and rifled a low shot past Morrissey from close range with 3:32 remaining.

Seymour added an insurance goal with 1:37 to go. Pooley's pass from just above the fan found Seymour cutting towards the middle and she scored on a high shot from just five yards out. Finnerty cut Hamilton's lead back to one on a feed from Bundy just 26 seconds later.

On the ensuing draw the ball bounced out-of-bounds and possession was awarded to the Continentals with 57 seconds left. Hamilton committed a turnover with 35 seconds remaining, but Ryan and Gabby O'Brien '19 tracked down the Bowdoin player with the ball and slapped it away. Ryan picked up the ground ball with about 25 seconds to go and the ball eventually found its way to Emma Knoll '20, who ran out the final 12 seconds.

The Polar Bears scored four straight goals midway through the first half and took a 5-2 advantage with 13:10 left. Goals by Gabriel and Seymour 31 seconds apart drew the Continentals within 5-4 with 12:01 remaining, but Bowdoin scored the next three goals. Maggie Savage handed the Polar Bears their largest lead of four goals at 8-4 after her shot found the back of the net with 2:07 to go. Hamilton's Tatiana Bradley '19 scored on a free-position shot with 3.5 seconds left and the Continentals trailed 8-6 at the break. Bowdoin held on to its lead until Pierre's game-tying goal.

Hamilton travels to Englewood, Florida, where the Continentals will play St. Lawrence University in a non-conference game at Ann Dever Memorial Regional Park on Thursday, March 21 at 10 a.m.